A Mom Gone Wild?

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I’ve been away from my blog for so long that I don’t even know where to start…tonight I watched my 3 year old son complete his first set of skating lessons. I am so impressed. Nine weeks ago all he could do was sit down on the ice and now he can stand up by himself and walk across the ice with a huge grin on his face. To honour his accomplishment, I laced up a pair of rental skates (for the first time in years) and went out on the ice for some playtime and I didn’t even fall!

It’s been a wild week for this mom. I don’t know what is up with this kid right now, but he has been in all kinds of trouble. One day I heard him playing with the water in the bathroom and found he had smeared toothpaste all over the sink to make a skating rink. He was standing in the sink …skating. What more can I say about that?

The very same night we found him sitting on the bathroom counter cleaning up some poo because for some reason he had pooped on the counter. This child is completely toilet trained and has never done anything like this! All I can say is thank goodness my husband was home. He did the honors of disinfecting the bathroom while I put the kid to bed. It was straight to bed with no stories and no songs. It was a bit of a trauma for him but he got that pooing on the counter was not okay.

Oh dear…

You’d think that was bad enough. What else could go wrong in one week? How about finding him sucking on something only to find out he had marbles in his mouth? This is a child who has never really been interested in mouthing objects. While I always worried about that, it just never happened – until now.

It’s also been an interesting week career-wise. Last Wednesday, I attended a thought provoking Mom Cafe seminar. Speakers Lara Leontowich and Felicia Lee spoke about their Evolution, Re-creation and Re-invention as mom entrepreneurs. As a communications professional, I have made huge changes by leaving my full time paid position to working on a part-time contract basis since I had my son. I have landed some successful projects but find the challenge of drumming up work to be a challenging and thankless job, so it was good to get some insights into the many facets of starting a new business.

I am trying to find my way. I want to have a work/life balance that fits my values of being there for my son and doing something I am excited about. I have that time with my son now and I don’t want to give it up.

Because I don’t work all the time, I have made it my mission to stay out of debt and make our money work for us. Last Monday, I spoke with our financial advisor and mortgage broker about our upcoming mortgage renewal. We will save thousands of dollars by making the right decisions on this in the next couple of months. I also went to the bank to make my RRSP contribution and to open up an RESP for my little one.¬†Today I did our taxes and learned that we will get a nice refund!

This week, my son is getting into all kinds of mischief, we are making¬†key financial decisions, working on career exploration and fitting in laundry, cooking, scrapbooking, exercising, socializing and flossing my teeth. I’m doing my best to keep up. But sometimes I feel a bit like a mom gone wild. How ’bout you?

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